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In news that’s sure to be “SWEET!” with Aussie snow fans, Qantas has today announced new direct seasonal flights between Sydney and Sapporo in Japan.

To coincide with the peak Japanese ski season, Qantas will fly three times per week to Sapporo’s New Chitose Airport between 16 December 2019 and 28 March 2020.*

The flights will be operated with Qantas’ upgraded Airbus A330 aircraft, offering more than 10,000 seats on the route and YES! Business Class.

Qantas will be the first airline to fly direct between Sydney and Sapporo with the service will becoming the carrier’s fifth route between Australia and Japan.

Hello Business on the Qantas A330

Hello Business on the Qantas A330

Qantas International Acting CEO Naren Kumar said Sapporo was a highly sought-after holiday destination for Australian travellers.

“Travel between Australia and Japan is booming. These new flights make it easier for Australians to reach Hokkaido’s popular ski resorts like Niseko and Rusutsu,” said Mr Kumar.


The mountains are calling…

“The number of Australians travelling to Japan has more than doubled over the past five years, with almost 500,000 Australians visiting Japan in the last 12 months alone. We expect Japan’s popularity to continue with the country hosting several major international sporting events in the next two years.”

“Domestic connections with Jetstar Japan will also open up new options for customers who want to travel beyond the Hokkaido region for both business and leisure.”

“In the past two years, we’ve expanded our network by adding two new destinations in Japan to meet this growing demand: a year-round service to Osaka, and now seasonal services to Sapporo. We’ll continue to look for opportunities to meet customer demand.”

Sapporo's annual ice festival in February is always a hit

Sapporo’s annual ice festival in February is always a hit

The new Sapporo service adds to Qantas’ flights from Sydney to Tokyo (Haneda) and Osaka, Melbourne-Tokyo (Narita) and Brisbane-Tokyo (Narita) and Jetstar’s flights from Cairns to Tokyo (Narita) and Osaka, and Gold Coast to Tokyo (Narita).

Customers can book Qantas’ new Sapporo service from today.

*Subject to government and regulatory approval.

Find out more: www.qantas.com.au

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